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prying

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of prying

  1. 1 interested in what is not one's own business as we moved into our new home, we could sense that there were prying eyes watching us Synonyms of prying inquisitive, nosy (or nosey), curious, snoopyWords Related to prying interfering, intrusive, meddlesome, meddling, obtrusive, officious; inquisitional, inquisitorial, interrogative, questioning, quizzical; concerned, interestedNear Antonyms of prying apathetic, disinterested, indifferent, unconcerned, uninterestedAntonyms of prying incurious, uncurious

  2. 2 thrusting oneself where one is not welcome or invited prying neighbors who refuse to mind their own business Synonyms of prying busy, interfering, intruding, meddlesome, meddling, nosy (or nosey), obtrusive, officious, presuming, presumptuous, protrusive, intrusive, pushing, pushy, snoopyWords Related to prying bold, brazen, bumptious, impertinent, impudent, insolent, rude; invading, trespassing; curious, inquisitive; annoying, harassing, pestiferous; overbearing, superserviceableNear Antonyms of prying hands-off; uninvolved; quiet, reclusive, reserved, reticent, retiring, silent, taciturn, withdrawn; inhibited, restrained, subduedAntonyms of prying unobtrusive

Synonym Discussion of prying

curious, inquisitive, prying mean interested in what is not one's personal or proper concern. curious, a neutral term, basically connotes an active desire to learn or to know.
    • children are curious about everything
inquisitive suggests impertinent and habitual curiosity and persistent quizzing.
    • dreaded the visits of their inquisitive relatives
prying implies busy meddling and officiousness.
    • prying neighbors who refuse to mind their own business


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